Nathanael Boehm living in New Zealand

My experiences moving to Christchurch, NZ

After the quake: Setting up new home

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We found out a couple of days ago from our landlord that our beautifully-situated apartment in Merivale by the Avon River had been red-carded and deemed unsafe to live in. Thankfully we’ve been able to stay with friends out in Kainga with power, Internet, water and a flushing toilet so we haven’t had to resort sharing Port-a-loos on the street with a hundred people or showering at the Pioneer Stadium.

We walked into our real estate agent’s office today and explained our situation. She just handed us the keys to a rental property and let us go and inspect it. It’s not ideal and doesn’t have the nice vista of Little Hagley Park our old apartment did but it means no more sleeping in a campervan and given the situation we can’t afford to be fussy.

The problem is it’s not furnished like our old apartment and we have no furniture. The new place doesn’t even have whitegoods except an oven so we need to quickly acquire all the neccessary items to make the place liveable, including:

  • Fridge
  • Queen-size bed base
  • Queen-size mattress
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Couch or two
  • Pots and pans
  • Crockery
  • Coffee table
  • TV
  • Something to put the TV on
  • Bedroom drawers
  • Bedside tables
  • Clothes dryer
  • Side table / console

If you can help us out please email me

We are happy to pay for items but simply can’t afford to fit out an entire house with new furniture and items from shops. We’ll keep on looking through TradeMe but as we’re moving in on Monday we’d appreciate any help we can get given the special circumstances so we can get back on our own feet again as soon as possible. We have limited transport capabilities – an Impreza wagon – but can call in help from friends with 4WDs and trailers.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who has helped with giving up things for our house – we really appreciate it!


Written by Nathanael Coyne

3 March, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Posted in Living in NZ

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  1. You can tick fridge, microwave and bed base and mattress off the list. Free to a good home.


    3 March, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  2. For cheap tables, chairs, crockery, etc try the Super Shed off Pages Road (if it’s open).

    Not flash, but very very cheap. Run by the council.


    3 March, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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